"You didn't give me a new smile; you made for me a new path in life"
Words from 26 YO Saudi female after a comprehensive treatment of her teeth, with endodontic treatment and retreatment, full ceramic crowns, veneers and other restorative treatment. Who finally passed the Job interview after many failures. Who can confidentially smile now, after she used to cover her face with "Nicap", not for a traditional reason in Saudi Arabia or religious one but as a way to hide her teeth while communicating with society.
Well it was one of the unforgettable and valuable experiences I have had, watching the transformation in a patient personality. It is a long process, and their self-esteem visibly increases with each visit. An influential moment that lead me to pursue a career in prosthodontics. A feedback like this from a patient gives me a sense of accomplishment. Make all the tired of hard-working worth it. Moreover, raising the passion of learning more, practicing better and search in this field. A field which is a humanistic challenging. A lifelong profession. Am not a specialist, nor even consultant, but am an ambitious 24 YO general practitioners that enjoys meeting challenges. Believes on my talent. Feeling anxious to further my study in my beloved field. Helping people psychologically is an extra result of what is most important, which is taking care of the patients' overall oral health. It was through the relationship developed between us, helped to fortify the manner in which I wanted to practice dentistry.
Although didactic gave me a clearer picture of the scope and depth of prosthodontics .It was the clinical work revealed the full beauty of prosthodontics. As a lover of art I greatly admire the way prosthodontics balance art with science more than any other speciality. I also appreciate the multitude of career options that exist with prosthodontics. For me prosthodontics is a master-key which could be applied in many fields. A different of cases that I will encounter in prosthodontics residency will enable me to work in a field that will test my dental material knowledge and creative skills to individualize patient care.
Being raised by a paediatric father and a pharmacist mother, who always stressed the importance of continuing learning to equip oneself for the challenges, Moreover my willingness to learn; all helped finishing my studies in dentistry at Riyadh colleges in Saudi Arabia successfully. My excellent academic achievement aided to earn scholarships every semester, and awarded a scholarship from King Abdullah Al Sued, for continuing approaching my goal in post graduate study. In the final year I ranked third in my department of 120 students, these initial successes showed me that am capable of attending my goals.
A perfect blend of mental challenges in prosthodontics , grounded by the insight and knowledge that I gathered , first at the early years of clinical practice through the opportunity to do crowns , bridges, inlays,...